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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council Newsletter
No. 85
March 2010

Welcome to the Spring 2010 edition of your Todwick Informer!

Todwick A57

Jack Cloke was in attendance at the January 2010 Parish Council Meeting representing the Todwick A57 Action Group. He gave details of the history in respect of the most recent road improvement scheme, including details of the current proposals, the Action Group's actions to date and his liaison with the Department of Transport's Representative following the recent publication of the Side Road Order and compulsory Purchase Order. A meeting of the Group was held on 17 February 2010. The date of the Public Inquiry is awaited, possibly in April or May, at a venue in or near Todwick. As soon as the date is known it will be well publicised, including on the Todwick web site. Hopefully will be well attended by the public.

Todwick Parish Council Chairman confirmed that the TPC would be making representations in person to the proposed public inquiry.

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Miss Claire Bennett is Todwick's New Parish Councillor

Miss Claire Bennett has become a Councillor on Todwick Parish Council and has signed her Declaration of Acceptance of Office. Councillor Bennett had been provided with copies of the Council's Standing Orders and a Briefing Note for New Councillors.

Your Todwick Parish Councillors

Claire Bennett


Tel: 01909 774940

Bryan Ferris

5 Guildway, Todwick

Tel. 01909 773853

Stephen Hill (Chairman)

4 Mill Close, Todwick

Tel. 01909 772001

David Gregory

49 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771307

Jean Leah

91 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771082

Eileen Northall

30 The Pastures, Todwick

Tel. 01909 770050

John Palmer

78 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771257

Clive Pantry

85 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771024

Brian White

18 Mill Fields, Todwick

Tel. 01909 770817


Clerk to the Council is Rod Walker

10 High Street, South Anston

Tel. 01909 566 639

TPC Meetings

Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, except August, in the Village Hall commencing at 7 pm. The open session, where Todwick residents can attend and raise local issues or ask questions, commences at 8 pm. Minutes of meetings appears a few days after the meetings on website.


Councillor Bryan Ferris is the new contact for the allotments. Tel. 01909 773853.

Recreation Ground Charity Trust

Councillor David Gregory is now Chairman of the Trust. Tel. 01909 771307

A Community Transport Meeting has been arranged - 2 pm, Monday, 15 March 2010 to be held in Hall 1, in Todwick Village Hall

Pam Horner of SYPTE (South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive) along with a Representative from First Group will be attending. It is hoped that Dave Cooper, The South Yorkshire Community Links Co-ordinator will also attend and supply detailed information on the existing 'Door to Door' Transport Facility.

Come along and listen to what they have to say - ask questions - air any concerns that you may have - put forward ideas that you think could improve the service that already serves and operates through the Village. Our guests are coming to listen as well as to speak and will be as sympathetic and helpful as they can be in this current viable Commercial Transport Environment that we find ourselves in. Access to Kiveton from Todwick and return would seem to be one issue that affects a fair number of residents and there must be others!

The support and success of this meeting could determine whether other such meetings should be convened. Note that rail services between Kiveton Park Station and Sheffield can also be discussed. SEE YOU THERE!

Further information can be obtained from Councillor John Palmer on 01909 771257.

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

The Todwick Neighbourhood Watch scheme currently has almost 65 % of the village involved. If you are not receiving your quarterly newsletters, then you are most probably not a member of the current scheme. The old Neighbourhood Watch scheme sadly finished about 10 years ago and the current scheme requires anyone wishing to join to actually sign on to it. It costs nothing to join and all you need to do is to contact Norman Anderson and he will do the rest. If he is not in, there is an answer machine, so please leave your name and telephone number with a short message that you wish to join.

Neighbourhood Watch is about our community, not just crime.

Todwick Rainbows - new leader(s) wanted

Todwick Rainbows - who are the youngest members of the Girl Guide organisation (5 - 7 years) - are looking for new leaders to run the group as the present leaders will be leaving at Easter. This is a voluntary position.

The Rainbows meet once a week in the Village Hall for one hour. They enjoy crafts, baking, games etc and work in conjunction with the Rainbow Roundabout (for information please see Girl Guiding UK's website at

Volunteers should be female and over the age of 18 years. A police check will be required. Full training will be given. If you are interested in running this group please contact Chris White on 01909 774310 for further information.

Todwick News

Todwick News is your monthly Parish magazine containing notices of forthcoming village events, reports from village groups, details of church-related activities and much more. When space is available there are even jokes and cartoons! Subscribing to Todwick News will help you to keep in touch with village life on a monthly basis and help to support your historical 11th-century Church. Contributing articles to Todwick News will enable you to let the village community know about your events, group activities etc.

For printed, hard-copy, annual subscriptions costing £3.50 for 12 issues, delivered to your door for the 1st of each month, contact Roy Hesketh, Tel. 01909 770937. Emailed annual subscriptions costs £2.50 for 12 issues as PDF files, emailed to you usually 10 days before the printed version is available contact Geoff Downs at

WI welcomes new members

Todwick Women's Institute (WI) is looking for ladies of all ages. Are you looking for a new interest? Make new friends?

The WI meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 pm in the Village Hall, Kiveton Lane, Todwick. Next meeting: Thursday, 1 April 2010.

See additional flyer within this Informer.

Contact Secretary: Janet Cocking, 97 Station Road, Kiveton. Tel. 01909 771344.

Todwick Village Hall

Whether you would like to keep fit, lose weight, learn new skills or just simply take time out to meet new people then the Village Hall is the place for you. The latest new arrivals are - Zumba (hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program) and Music Bugs pre-school music classes. Details of current activities can be found on the Village Hall and Parish Council notice boards or by visiting the Village Hall's own website and also on Todwick village website

Todwick e-Vend is a facility that has been established to enable village residents sell their unwanted items on e-bay which in turn will help raise funds for the Village Hall. Why not clear out your garage or loft and earn yourself some extra cash by getting your unwanted items sold on your behalf? All we ask is that you donate 20% (more if you wish) of the selling price to the Village Hall to assist with its upkeep. If you wish to discuss selling an item contact Bryan Ferris Tel: 01909 773853 or John Palmer Tel: 01909 771257 who will be delighted to hear from you. If you have an article "On sale", or perhaps wish to make a bid, you can check the progress via the Village Hall Website

It has been suggested there is a demand for health and beauty sessions/classes being held in the Village Hall. If you are interested in supporting the idea please contact John Palmer (771257).

South Yorkshire Police Brass Band will be playing on at 7.30 pm, Saturday, 10th April 2010 and will entertain the community in an Easter Concert. The ticket price includes a hot supper which will be served during the interval. Tickets, priced £4.50 per person, can be obtained from any of the Village Hall Trustees - Jean Leah (771082), Brian White (770817), John Gabbitas (773863), Norman Anderson (770130) or Bryan Ferris (773853). Make it a date and come and join us!

If there is an activity you would be interesting in starting or joining please let us know either by contacting us through the Village Hall website or by dropping us a note with your interest, name and contact number into the Village Hall letterbox. We look forward to hearing from you!

Todwick Historical Society Meetings

The next meetings and dates of the Todwick Historical Society - all on Tuesdays, as follows:

9 March 2010
Eric Houlder - Robin Hood - Yorkshire man
11 May 2010
Melvyn Jones - Origins and Meanings of South Yorkshire Place Names
8 June 2010
Yorkshire Film Archives

Meetings all start at 7.30 pm, but those attending should arrive a little earlier - no pre-booking necessary - just turn up at the Village Hall. Cost per meeting is £1.00 for Society Members and £2.00 for Non-Members.

Todwick Ramblers Club

Despite the inclement weather conditions experienced over the past few months the Club's varied programme of rambles has been maintained. These included a visit to, and a ramble around Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, plus a walk that incorporated the Mulled Wine and Music event at Roche Abbey. In addition, the tradition of rambles around our local countryside was maintained.

The Club's programme of indoor events held in the Village Hall commenced in November with a fascinating talk on the History of X-rays given by Dr Christine Ferris. This was followed in January by a well-attended and enjoyable social night. The second of the Club's illustrated talks will take place on Thursday, 25 February 2010. The subject will be The History of Rotherham's Famous Rockingham Pottery. The last of this season's general interest talks takes place on Thursday, 25 March 2010 when David Haswell will give an illustrated talk on the Past, Present, and Future of Ulley Reservoir. Admission is £2 non-members, £1 club members and will include light refreshments. Meetings start at 7.30 pm.

The Club has compiled and distributed to members the second programme of rambles and activities, covering a variety of walks locally and further afield. This takes the Club's programme up to the end of June 2010. New members always welcomed, further details can be obtained from Jim Tompkin Tel. 01909 770700.

Saturday, 15 May 2010, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm May Jazz Party in the Todwick Village Hall, with Wil Robinson and the Southside Jazz Band

Enjoy traditional jazz? Then you will be interested in the forthcoming Todwick May Jazz Party night event to hear Wil Robinson and the Southside Jazz Band playing easy listening/well known tunes in New Orleans style... dance if you wish! Make up a party of family and friends and book your table. Bring your own wine/drinks and your own supper, or phone local takeaways. These events are being well supported...

Bookings on a first come first served basis. 60 seats available... So don't delay! Cost £9.00 per person... PLEASE support the Todwick Village Hall. All proceeds after expenses will go towards the maintenance of Todwick Village Hall... Contact organiser: Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or Email:

The Valentine Jazz Party night held on 13 February 2010 was a resounding success with Barry Binch and the Old Marina Jazz Band given a standing ovation by the audience.

Proceeds from the event raised £305.00 for the Todwick Village Hall maintenance.

Advance Notice

Your Todwick Summer Events... More Dates for your Diaries and Calendars

All the following Free of Charge:

  • Saturday, 12 June 2010, 7 pm - 10 pm
    Music by Moonlight - Todwick Recreation Ground ... Silver Leaf Jazz Band ... Make up a party of family and friends. Bring your own tables, chairs, wine, drinks, supper ... hoping for wonderful warm night!
  • Sunday, 13 June 2010, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
    TODWICK FUNDAY, entertainment for everyone of all ages, including refreshments.
  • Sunday, 25 July 2010, 12 noon - 4.00 pm
    Todwick Art, Gardens, Historical Trail and Scarecrow competition.

More details to follow, also watch

Sheila Pantry is the Organiser for all three events.

The Informer is funded and published four times a year by Todwick Parish Council. We do not use sponsors or offer advertising space. Our policy is to inform people about news and events that are of local interest. Editor is Sheila Pantry OBE.